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Vacant seats for St George's Ward on Stamford Town Council filled at May 6 election




Two vacant seats on Stamford Town Council have been filled by new councillors hoping to bring positive changes to the town.

A by-election was held on May 6 to fill two seats in St George's Ward and fighting it out were Pam Bisnauthsing (Lib Dem), Lisa Brewin (Lib Dem), Steve Doyle (Con), Hari Gammon, Darren Rawnsley and Jo Winterbourne (Lab).

However, it was coun Doyle, with 543 votes, and coun Winterbourne, with 355 votes, who were elected to fill the positions.

Jo Winterbourne, a new Stamford Town Councillor for St George's Ward
Jo Winterbourne, a new Stamford Town Councillor for St George's Ward

At the count, held at the Meres Leisure Centre in Grantham on Friday(May 7), coun Winterbourne explained how she looked forward to 'bringing the town into the future'.

She said: "I wanted to be on the town council as I live in the town and wanted to help improve it. There's lots going on and lots of good stuff.

"As someone who lives in the town I take an interest in what's going on and you can't moan about it if you're not willing to really get involved."

She added that it will be good for the town council to have 'new blood' as well as another woman to provide a different viewpoint.

Coun Doyle has previous experience in local politics, having held a seat on South Kesteven District Council in the 1990s.

However, the election for the position on Stamford Town Council still proved to be a nerve-racking experience.

The former property consultant said: "It's an age old process so I am honoured to be elected.

"For anybody it's quite daunting facing the public even on something like Stamford Town Council."

He added: "I think some people voted for me on party policies. Obviously Stamford is a fairly Conservative area.

"Hopefully they [voted] because of the record of good management and the fact that we have behaved responsibly in the past."



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